The 2014 Beauty Favourites


I haven’t written anything on this blog for a very long time, and I have absolutely no excuses. I’ve got so many half finished drafts saved, but the longer I left posting them, the more intimidating finishing them seemed- but I couldn’t let 2014 end without writing up a little something about my favourite products of the year. (Actually, the writing part of this post is almost over now. I’m still quite nervous)

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Rimmel Match Perfection- pretty much the only foundation I’ve been wearing this year. 010 Porcelain is actually light enough for me, which makes a lovely change, and the coverage is kind of light/ medium, but buildable. I plan to branch out a bit, foundation wise, in 2015 but I actually have a spare bottle of this hiding in the back of my makeup drawer.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer- another pale skin saviour! This bronzer is completely matte (so great for contouring), and you can go pretty heavy handed with this stuff without looking too bronzed. I use it with the Real Techniques Blush Brush [not pictured].

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- obviously. I honestly cannot gush about this palette enough, so I’m just going to sneakily link you to my review and swatches post.

Sleek Blush Trio in ‘Lace’- I’m not really an big blusher fan (I’m working on it!) but this palette has been one of my most reached for makeup items this year. I’ve been using the red shade on pretty much every makeup wearing day, but they’re so pigmented that I’ve not even dented the pan. Review and swatches here.

L’oread Miss Manga Mascara in Purple- a new addition, but a very welcome one. I don’t really love mascara, and I’m actually completely clueless when it comes to what makes a mascara good (I know I like Benefit They’re Real and Soap&Glory Thick and Fast…help?) but the slightly purple tint to this one is what I love. It’s just something a little bit different, and helps towards making my, honestly, swamp coloured eyes look just a little bit more like hazel.

MAC Lipsticks in ‘Patisserie’ and ‘Plumful’- I’m honestly not sure I need any other lipsticks. These are just beautiful, and I’m not going to say much more because one of the many previously mentioned drafts may well turn into a MAC lipstick swatch-a-thon.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks- I tend to think of these as MAC Lipsticks in gloss form. The smell like vanilla, have medium, but pretty colour payoff and they last really nicely. I actually have a series of posts about lip crayons, these included, which is right here.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant- the best lip balm ever, and a little goes a long way.  It’s also great for really dry skin and as a cuticle conditioner.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers- I’m not sure where I’d be without these. I have very straight eyelashes, and at my healthiest and most awake I look a bit dead (I’m coming across really well in this post) but these go a long way towards fixing that!

Carmex Lip Balms- another new discovery! The formula of these lip balms is actually quite similar to the Skin Protectant, but these smell a little nicer and are much more convenient for throwing in your handbag (or pockets. Or both. Out of interest, how many lip balms normally leave the house with you?).

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream- this might be the only hand cream I’ve ever used that is super nourishing, but not sticky. I’ve been using this hand cream nightly for almost a year now, and I’ve only gone through two of the full sized bottles, so it’s a really worthwhile buy. The packaging could be better- the lid isn’t the most convenient if you’re on the go, it’s definitely a bedside table thing- but it’s really the product that counts.

Manuka Doctor Skincare- that’s the Blemish Cream in the picture above, but I’ve been testing out a few products in the anti-blemish range recently (about two months) and I’ve been loving them. Skincare is definitely one of my new years resolutions (I actually hate new years resolutions and refuse to make any, but I promise I will get better at skin care!) and this range is at the top of my list of things to write a post about.

Thanks for reading! I’m going to try and get back to blogging a little bit more regularly in 2015- as I’ve been typing I’ve had a few ideas for posts that I’m actually looking forward to writing which I’m very happy about. I feel like I’ve missed loads, I didn’t even ramble about Naked Basics 2 (got it, love it, not as thrilled with the colour selection and eyeshadow quality as I was with Naked Basics, though)!

I hope you had a great year, feel free to tell me all about your favourite beauty products from 2014 in the comments! MAC Lipstick recs are also welcome, I’m obsessed again. Also blushers! What are your favourites?

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The Makeup Removing Trio


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Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion Incredible gentle, and does a pretty awesome job of removing makeup. This one’s particularly great for removing your base makeup and eyeshadow, and all you have to do is massage it into your skin with your fingertips. And because it’s a lotion, it hydrates and moisturises the skin while removing makeup yet doesn’t leave it feeling greasy- perfect for all skin types.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water This micellar water has pretty much replaced my love for Bioderma and the L’Oreal Micellar Water. It’s strong enough to remove any eye makeup (including waterproof eyeliner on the tight line- very impressive!) but gentle enough that it doesn’t sting or burn your eyelids. I also love that it comes in a 400ml bottle because I go through makeup remover like I go through oxygen.

The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil– This is a pretty new discovery of mine, and after just a few uses I can already honestly say it’s awesome. This is the first actual oil that I’ve used on my skin- I’ve always avoided them before because of my combination/ oily skin- and though using it is a little scary, it really is incredible for removing makeup. I tend to use this on days when I’m wearing a blush that stains or a higher coverage foundation. *I’ve used this to remove eye makeup a couple of times now, and though it removes, it also leaves my eyesight a little blurry. So, note to self, getting makeup removing oils in your eyes doesn’t hurt, but it is rather uncomfortable being visually impaired.*

Honorary Mention- The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter– This cleansing butter is basically a solid version of the Cleansing Oil- it does pretty much the same job, but works best when used more like a face wash. As with all of these makeup removers, though it’s is best to still use another face wash afterwards, though, just to get rid of any traces of, well, makeup remover.

The Body Shop Haul


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Pink Grapefruit Body Mist, Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

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Blueberry Shower Gel, Early Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel, Vineyard Peach Shower Gel

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Blueberry Body Butter

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 It’s been an surprisingly long time since my last Body Shop haul, and when I was looking at the website (looking= putting absolutely everything I’m remotely interested in owning into my basket, looking at the total, sighing, and closing the tab) I came across the new scents- Blueberry, Raspberry and Peach, which I think is a good enough reason to buy things. I went a little overboard with the Blueberry range because I already own the lip butter, so I know I like the scent, but I think I did quite well in just picking up the shower gels in Raspberry and Peach.

My first impressions are that the Blueberry range smells like Shloer, and that I will love the Body Butter and I cannot wait to use the Body Scrub, which looks exactly like jam. The Peach range smells slightly more apricot-esque to me, it’s still really sweet and fresh and I’m also tempted to say it’s my favourite of the three..? The Raspberry range smells more like Blackcurrant- very warm and comforting, more like an Autumn/ Winter scent, but still absolutely lovely.

The skincare is stuff that I’ve wanted to try for a while- I’ve heard great things about the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (and I seem to run out of makeup remover every other day, so cleansing oils are always worth having) and I’ve been meaning to try out more of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range ever since I fell in love with the moisturiser, and I was also in need of a new face wash- hence buying the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash.

I also picked up another Pink Grapefruit Body Mist (because seriously, at this point it doesn’t even seem to count as a Body Shop oder if I don’t buy something Pink Grapefruit scented), which I already know that I love, along with the Hemp Hand Protector which is one of my all time favourite hand creams. The Vitamin E Moisture Cream was then added to my basket as a free gift, which is awesome because I already use the Vitamin E Night Cream, so hopefully I like this one too!

Have you tried the new Body Shop scents?

The Body Shop Seaweed Skincare | Review


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Seaweed Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator £9.00 ‘Oil-balancing polish to deep cleanse pores and reveal smooth skin’. The scent of this exfoliator is somewhere between beachy and soapy, and I really don’t know how to describe it but I definitely like it. It’s smells far better than Lush’s Aqua Marina cleanser, in case your wondering, so don’t let the idea of seaweed flavoured skincare put you off. This exfoliator is quite harsh so I’ve only been using it once or twice a week, but when I do use it, I find it leaves my skin really soft, much brighter and far less oily. I absolutely love this and I’ll definitely be repurchasing it!

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask £12– ‘Purifies, cleanses and controls excess oils’. This has been my first experience with clay masks (I’m not sure why, since I’m constantly complaining about having oily skin) and I absolute adore it. I’ve been using this every three days and my skin is definitely more in the ‘normal’ zone because of it- always a good thing! Like the exfoliator, this mask leaves my skin really soft and brightened, and the only thing that I don’t love about it is that because it dries, it’s kind of a pain to get of your face and sometimes the lid gets stuck. Apart from that, I think this mask is brilliant and I am completely obsessed with it.

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10– ‘Moisturises dry areas, controls excess sebum and shine’. I’ve been using this moisturiser every single day since I bought it, and I think that pretty much says everything. I’ve never really liked the idea of moisturisers because of my oily skin, and apart from my occasional obsession with The Body Shop Tea Tree Moisturiser, I never really bothered. Apparently, this Day Cream has changed that- it’s hydrating (because even oily skin can be dehydrated, which is kind of confusing), soothing, and though it’s not 100% matte, it does leave a kind of natural, satin finish that’s nothing like the oiliness I get from other moisturisers. Love!

Have you tried any of The Body Shop’s Seaweed range?

Featured in The Body Shop hauls here and here, and Currently Loving #2.

Chocolate


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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette £40 (£39.50, £40.50) (review)

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Chocolate Bronzer £6.99

Palmers Lip Balms (Favourite Lip Care) £1.99

Palmers Lip Butter (Favourite Lip Care) £2.99

Vaseline ‘Cocoa Butter’ Lip Balm £1.99

The Body Shop ‘Chocomania‘ (haul

Lush ‘Cupcake’ Fresh Face Mask (haul) (review£5.95

Frozen- Elsa Inspired Makeup


Remember what I was saying the other day about being too scared to try out Elsa’s makeup? Well, I was with my bestest friend ever Cass the other day and I ended up doing her makeup in a kind of Elsa-inspired, wearable-purple kind of look.

We filmed the whole thing, and the lighting and picture quality aren’t amazing (let’s not even mention my horrendous editing) but I am going to work on it for some possible future videos.

Take a look? I’d love to know what you think (helpful criticism is more than welcome), and if you like the video it would honestly mean the world to us if you subscribed or liked or commented.

Show Cassidy some love, she’s gorgeous- http://www.bananarockets.wordpress.com

Our Youtube (I’m working on a new channel art design, promise!)- http://www.youtube.com/lollandcass

Products we used- 

Benefit The Porefessional Primer

Real Techniques Stippling Brush (Currently Loving #1)

  Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in ‘Porcelain’

 Sleek Blush Trio in ‘Lace’ (review)

Soap&Glory Lid Stuff in ‘What’s Nude’ (review)

Sleek Vintage Romance Palette (review)

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (review)

Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner in Black (Currently Loving #2)

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair

Real Techniques Shader Brush

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Plum Jam (Lip Crayons Part 4- coming soon!)

Real Techniques Contour Brush (Currently Loving #1)

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in ‘Fair’

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in ‘Pearl'(Currently Loving #1)

The Body Shop Haul


Again? Really?

40% off when you buy 4 or more products at The Body Shop

Theres a new range of Blueberry scented things at The Body Shop, and there’s hair chalk! Maybe just one more order… Can I? Do I have a problem? I think this is a problem. Anyway-

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Pink Grapefruit Body Butter…of course.

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Testing out some Chocomania– it smells utterly gorgeous.

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Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, so exited to try this! It smells really fresh and soapy.

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Pink Grapefruit and Shea Beautifying Oil– these seem pretty cool. I can’t wait to try these out on my hair, since I’ve just run out of my beloved L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil.

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Vitamin E Eye Cream, because I’m loving the matching Night Cream.

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Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz– I thought this would be good for throwing in my bag to use when I leave the house because that always makes me so goddamn stressed. It smells awesome, too.

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Some more Seaweed stuff, because I have horrendously oily skin, particularly when the Winter weather goes away.

Lush and The Body Shop Haul and The Body Shop Haul

What do you think of what I’ve picked up? Have you tried the hair chalks or the Blueberry range? I am this close to doing another order…

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Lazy Makeup Days

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo £13

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige £32

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Veloute De Peche £7.99

Real Tecnhiques Powder Brush £12.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent £3.99

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20

Urban Decay Primer Potion £16

GOSH Round Eyeshadow Brush £6.99

Barry M Shadow and Blush Palette in Natural Glow £7

Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black £3.99

Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm £5

I’ve been incredibly lazy with my makeup recently. I’ve pretty much been wearing the absolute minimum on days when I actually leave the house, or just using lots of skincare when I’ve been staying at home.

The products I’ve been getting the most use out of are La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which I just dab onto spots two or three times a day. I’ve used nearly a whole tube of this, and I still can’t decide if I love it, but I’m planning on trying Effaclar Duo Plus when this runs out so maybe I can pull together a review. The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (haul) has become an absolute favourite in my skincare drawer- it leaves my skin soft and moisturised, but not at all greasy. On days when I need to wear makeup, I’ve been blending Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua over my skin, just for that little bit of coverage. This shade (the lightest one available) is too dark for me, so I just use a tiny amount and really blend it with my fingertips. At this point, I use a little bit of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion over my eyelids to make the eyeshadow application a little easier. I’ve then been using the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply a little bit of Bourjois Veloute de Peche onto my cheeks, just so I look a little bit more alive, and then using a couple of matte eyeshadows from Barry M’s Natural Glow Palette (review) with a GOSH Eyeshadow Brush on my eyes for a little bit of colour and definition. I then curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (of course) and tight line my eyes with the Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black, just to make my eyelashes look a little thicker.  I then dust a little bit of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent all over my skin with a Real Techniques Powder Brush to set everything, and then finally been using Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm for a little bit of shine.

What do you love for lazy makeup days?

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Favourite Lip Care


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The Lip Scrub

Lush Lip Scrub £5.50 – I’m currently working my way through Santa Baby, Lush’s cola-flavoured Christmas scrub, but Mint Julips, Bubblegum and Popcorn all work brilliantly (and taste yummy). I generally use a lip scrub once every three days, or just before using a matte lipstick. If you don’t want to spend to money on Lush’s fancy packaging, you can mix a little bit of caster or granulated sugar with some honey or olive oil and keep it in an empty lip balm tub.

The Nighttime Lip Care

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free £22.10 – 8 Hour Cream is genuinely awesome. I spent so long putting of buying it because of the price, but a little goes a long way. It works for everything, and it really is a long-term fix for damaged lips.

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm £1.65 – The ultimate super-cheap lip balm- I’ve been using this one for years and it’s still one of my favourites.

The Body Shop Lip Butters £4 – These leave a kind of pale cast on your lips, so there perfect for using overnight. They really are like butters, and they smell amazing. I’m utterly in love with the Coconut and Shea ones.

Tinted Lip Balms

Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm £1.99 – I love the Palmers lip balms- they leave a kind of satin, almost matte finish (rather than the normal lip balm glossiness) and the Chocolate and Cherry one has a gorgeous red tint.

Revlon Lip Butters £7.99 – (review) My ultimate favourite lip butter is Juicy Papaya, but all the shades are pretty and moisturising. They’re pretty much my everyday lip colours.

The Body Shop Lip Balms £2 – pretty colours, gorgeous scents, super moisturising. I’ve actually ended up with every shade (whoops) but my favourites are Raspberry (strawberry laces!) and Passionberry.

The Lip Gloss

 Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Butter £2.99 – Don’t be fooled by the name- this is no lip butter. This is a dark chocolate and peppermint flavoured, non-sticky lip gloss which really conditions your lips. I can’t get over the scent of this, it’s absolutely amazing. The packaging makes it great for throwing in your handbag, too.

Favourite Pink Things


Happy Valentines Day!

Today seemed like a good day to talk about the lovely pink things in my collection that don’t normally get enough attention- it’s probably a little too late to advertise them as Valentines presents (congratulations, if you get one of those, by the way) but they are all beautiful pick-me-up things which are just so pretty to look at.

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette £37

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold £4.99

Real Techniques Brushes (Stippling Brush £10.99, Blush Brush £9.99)

The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit

The Body Shop Raspberry Lip Balm £2

Invisibobbles £3.75

Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon £3.50

Lush Rock Star £3.40

Soap&Glory

VO5 Heat Defence Spray £3.69

OPI Call Me Gwen-Ever £9.35

Essie Cute As A Button £7.99

Barry M Dragonfruit £3.99

Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 20 £5.49

Revlon Lip Butters £7.99

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (reviewis rosy toned perfection, I’ve really been loving some of the shades layered on top of Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold (review). There are also a couple of Real Techniques Finishing Brushes on my list- more specifically the Stippling Brush (raved about hereand the Blush Brush. I’ve also included a couple of Ted Baker brushes, purely because they are the brightest pink ever. They are so pink that I actually don’t want to use them, they’re so pretty. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter and Eau de Toilette are representing the entire Pink Grapefruit line, which I absolutely adore (included in hauls here and here), and there’s also a Body Shop Raspberry Lip Balm which smells like strawberry laces. *Sidenote, I promise not to mentionn Pink Grapefruit again.* I’ve thrown in a couple of Invisibobbles (reviewwhich I recently picked up in hot pink which look awesome when I have my hair dyed black. I’ve included Lush’s Rose Jam Shower Gel (review), Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Rock Star, both smell super sweet and fruity and lovely. From Soap&Glory, I’ve included Hand Maid Hand Gel, Clean On Me Shower Gel and Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Crayon in Fuschiaristic. I honestly could have thrown anything form S&G in- it’s all so pink. The VO5 Heat Defence Spray is also in the picture- it’s the only heat defence spray I’ve ever used and honestly I love it so much that I don’t think I’ll every bother trying a new one. For nail polishes, I’ve got OPI Call Me Gwen-ever, Essie Cute as a Button (review) and Barry M Dragonfruit (reviewwhich are all very beautiful. Finally, I’ve included Rimmel Kate Lipstick in 20, which is an insane dark, hot pink and then the Revlon Lip Butters in Sweet Tart and Lollipop (review)

I hope this was interesting! Let me know if you have a favourite pink beauty product, that would be cool:). 

*Check out my swatch gallery at http://www.lollclarke.wordpress.com *

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